Fairy Ballerina Costume
A glittery tulle skirt, wings and matching headpiece bring out the Fairy Ballerina in every little dancer. She'll want to wear this costume year round!
Designed by Sheila Zent courtesy of Velcro USA Inc.
- Plastic headband, plain
- Tacky tape (or white glue)
- VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back™
- Fastener, 6"
- Felt (1/8 Yd.)
- Fusing tape, ½" wide
- Tulle, 54" wide (3½ Yd.) color(s) of choice
- Tulle, 54" wide (1-5/8 Yd.) - white with sparkles (or glitter)
- Craft wire, 20ga
Cut a strip of felt 3" x 25". With wrong side up, press over 1" lengthwise and fuse to make waistband.
Cut VELCRO® Brand Fabric Fusion fastener 3" long. Fuse to opposite sides of waistband ends over folded layer for a closure. (Diag. FB-1.)
From the colored tulle, cut 22 skirt strips, each 10" x 25". From the white tulle, cut 22 tutu strips, each 6" x 10". Cinch one skirt strip in half width-wise and loop into a loose knot. Cinch one tutu strip and slide it into the knot loop. Pull skirt ends to tighten knot. Fluff tulle and smooth it down away from the knot. (Diag. FB-2.) Repeat with each set of skirt and tutu strips. Place waistband with right side up. Glue tulle knots to lower edge (single layer) of the waistband at 1" intervals, alternating colors in a pattern if desired. Tip: Pin tulle knots to felt band until glue dries securely.
With craft wire, fold wing loops 10" long at each side and coil wire in the center to wrap shape securely. (Diag. FB-3.) From the white tulle, cut a rectangle 22" x 30" for wrapping wings. Cut a center tie, 4" x 10". Place the wire wings along the 22" edge of the rectangle. Wrap the tulle around the wings and cinch in the center while wrapping. Loop the tie around the center to hold the cinched wings and knot. Cut a 3" strip of VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back™ fastener. Attach the hook side to the back of the wings and loop side to the back of the leotard.
For headband decorations, cut five layers of tulle 4" x 6", in mixed colors. With four layers stacked together, cinch in the center and tie the fifth layer around the cinching and knot. Trim ends to make a fluffy pom pom shape. Attach to the headband with small pieces of VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back™ fastener.
To convert back to normal use, remove VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back™ fastener from leotard and headband.
Click on the "Download Pattern" button below to see the Diagrams.
No sewing required with VELCRO® Fabric Fusion fasteners for a secure, comfortable waistband.
Measurements provided are for sizes 4 - 5. Alter as needed for larger or smaller sizes.
See diagrams for design guidelines. (download by clicking the "Download Pattern" button)